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123 cats and dogs flown the Northwest for adoption

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More than 123 dogs and cats were transported to Oregon, Utah and Washington to be adopted. More than 123 dogs and cats were transported to Oregon, Utah and Washington to be adopted.

A group of more than 120 dogs and cats were transported by plane to the Northwest to be adopted. 

Pets from 10 different shelters were brought to Washington, Oregon and Utah.

"It's always bittersweet," Carley Faughn with Acadiana Animal Aid said. "You always form attachments with some or all of the animals going on a transport, but you know they are going to a better life and they're going to be adopted quickly with our partners across the country." 

Acadiana Animal Aid with the help of Best Friends Animal Society set up a transport with Wings of Rescue. 

"We got all these people on Facebook that donated," Ric Browde with the Wings of Rescue said. "We put up a plea for the pets of Louisiana and people from around the world in a matter of two days had donated $62,000. We thought we were only going to do one flight. We're going to be back and do three flights."

Many of the pets belonged to families displaced by floods who could not take their animals with them to shelters or their new living arrangements.

The flood left shelters overcrowded. As a result, many animals are at risk of being euthanized. 

"The shelters do work really hard with their adoption programs and they do the best that they can, but with the number of animals that they're dealing with it's difficult for our community to consume and find placement for that many animals," Faughn said.

"Each one you almost like welcome onto the plane you go 'Here's your chance at life. You weren't going to see tomorrow and now you're going to an amazing home,' " Browde said. "The average stay at a shelter in the pacific northwest where these pets are going is three and a half days, so in three and a half days they are going to be on someone's couch and members of a family."

The plane was full with kennels stacked up to the ceiling.  

"The flight might smell a little bad, but it's a fun flight to fly," Browde said. "You can't help but be moved by all the lives that we're saving." 

One special puppy named Smitty was not transported in a kennel. Instead, he sat in a Wings of Rescue worker's lap. 

Faughn said Smitty's back legs appear to be paralyzed and they are trying an organic treatment on him.     

"Typically that is the case medical conditions and things like that are typically the first to be euthanized so there is a good chance he might not have been saved had we not been able to coordinate with these other rescues 

Click here to donate to fund additional transports with Wings of Rescues. 

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